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Become immersed in the rich culture and history of South Korea while studying at Korea University in Seoul, South Korea. This exchange program allows participants to directly enroll in university courses in a variety of fields while studying alongside Korean and international students from around the world. This program is ideal for students from a variety of majors who are interested in Korean language and culture.
The capital of South Korea, Seoul has a population of over 20 million and is the nation's cultural, educational, and political center. From the heritage of centuries to the cutting-edge technology of the IT industry, Seoul is a city of contrasts where old and new exist in harmony. Over 70% of the land is mountainous and, the city is surrounded by mountains with the nearest seaside just one hour away.
The capital of South Korea, Seoul, has a population of over 20 million and is the nation's cultural, educational, and political center. From the heritage of centuries to the cutting-edge technology of the IT industry, Seoul is a city of contrasts where old and new exists in harmony. With over 70% of the land being mountainous and being a peninsula, the city is surrounded by mountains and the nearest seaside is just one hour away.
Getting to Your Program
Students are responsible for arranging their own transportation to Seoul but are given guidelines for arrival dates.
A student visa is required. U.S. citizens must have a U.S. passport valid for at least six months beyond the end of the program. You will apply for your own visa. IAP will provide you with visa information.
IAP expects you to be an active participant in preparing yourself for your study abroad experience. As a participant on an IAP program, you will receive a pre-departure orientation, either in-person or online. The type and format of this orientation will vary by program and will be provided to you upon acceptance to the program.
In addition, students will attend orientation upon arrival in Seoul. KU also provides the option for students to participate in the Korea University Buddy Assistance program (KUBA) that pairs a KU student with exchange students.
KU has two excellent quality international dormitories on campus - Anam Hall 2 and CJ International House. Anam Hall2 is an air-conditioned, coed residence hall for 84 students. Anam Hall 2 offers rooms that house three students in a traditional corridor style with shared bathrooms. Bathrooms are equipped with several shower stalls, toilets, and sinks. Residents may purchase a meal-plan for breakfast and dinner.
CJ International House is an air-conditioned, suite style facility for 258 students and faculty. CJ International House offers double and single rooms with semi-private baths. Bathroom facilities are connected to the suite and are shared by the flatmates. Residents may purchase a meal coupon, which is valid for breakfast at the CJ International House Cafeteria.
Excursions and Activities
There are hundreds of societies and activities available campus-wide that are open to all KU students. Students can contact the Office of International Affairs (OIA) upon arrival for an event schedule and more information.
You will be enrolled in the UW System required health insurance through Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) and the cost of the insurance coverage is included in program fees.
Office of International Affairs (OIA) staff
Use the links below to find out more information on academics, daily life and student impressions for this program.Korea University Summer Academic Notes
(Summer - 2012-13)Korea University International Summer Campus
(Summer - 2012-13)Korea University Academic Notes
(Year - 2013-14)Program Handbook
(Spring - 2013-14)
Returned Student Network
to contact a returned student.
How to Apply
First complete the IAP Online Application. UW Exchange programs may require you to apply directly to the exchange partner either simultaneously during the IAP application process OR after you have received a preliminary admissions decision from IAP.
After you have completed the IAP Online Application, the following forms will become available to you through the application portal. Be sure to read the form instructions carefully for information on when to apply to the exchange partner.
Unofficial Transcript (Student Record)
Unofficial Transcript - OPTIONAL - Additional File
Summer Program Forms
Passport ID Page
Unofficial Transcript - OPTIONAL - Additional File
Forms are subject to change. Complete the forms according to the checklist provided to you in the online application portal.
After the Deadline
IAP will review your application and make a preliminary admissions decision. You will be notified of the admissions decision via email. The exchange university will make the final admissions decision.
The Korea University campus covers over 182 acres and is home to more than 35,000 students from all over the nation and the world. With its stately stone architecture, sprawling lawns, seasonal trees and natural flora, KU is known to have one of the most beautiful campuses in Korea. Unlike many universities in Korea, KU prides itself not only in being a progressive and globally conscious institution but also one that plays a role in preserving and developing Korea's unique culture.
Students on this program will take classes on the KU campus alongside Korean and other international students from all over the world. Participants can choose to take courses in a variety of departments, including Korean language and literature, History, Psychology, Sociology and more. All courses are taught by KU faculty and are instructed in either English or Korean. Students can also participate in Korean language classes during their time at KU but it is not required. Students can participate on this program with no prior knowledge of the Korean language. Students interested in taking Business courses should be aware that these classes are in high demand, and there is no guarantee of enrollment.
Program Web Page(s)
KU Course Search
Use the links below to see a list of courses that students have taken on this program before and the UW equivalents. Note: this list only includes pre-approved courses for your program and may not be an exhaustive list of courses or departments. You will get instructions on the course equivalent process after acceptance.
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